The Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator search has ended without the team formally hiring one.
ESPN’s Tim McManus reports the Eagles will not be utilizing the OC title for Doug Pederson’s coaching staff in 2020.
Instead, the Eagles’ OC duties will seemingly be split between newly promoted passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Press Taylor and running game coordinator/offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.
This setup isn’t totally atypical in today’s NFL. In lieu of a formal offensive coordinator, the San Francisco 49ers have a passing game coordinator in Mike LaFleur and a running game coordinator in Mike McDaniel. The Los Angeles Rams have also recently operated with the same structure.
The Eagles hardly seemed set on reaching this outcome all along. The team reportedly had interest in a number of candidates for their offensive coordinator job: Graham Harrell, James Urban, Mike Kafka, Kevin O’Connell, etc. On last week’s BGN Radio podcast, Jimmy Kempski specifically noted the Eagles really wanted to hire Harrell as their OC. But with Pederson holding play-calling duties, it’s not like candidates were jumping to take Eagles’ job.
And so the Eagles will seemingly move forward with Taylor and Stoutland as the two main offensive voices behind Pederson. The team is also reportedly adding some new idea guys in former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello and Mississippi State passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Andrew Breiner, so that’s encouraging.
After seeing Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense stagnate at times over the past two seasons, one would hope these changes will help out. Of course, coaching adjustments will only go so far. There’s still plenty of work to be done when it comes to adding more offensive talent (see: wide receivers) to the roster.